On Friday, February 12th, EPA announced an agreement with, Blaylock Holdings, LLC,(“Blaylock”) that will potentially allow for the successful remediation and beneficial reuse of the Granite State Leathers Superfund Site, also known as Mohawk Tannery. The EPA is encouraging public input on the agreement during the public comment period, which began on February 12, 2021 and will conclude on March 13, 2021. There is a project website with updated documents including the agreement, press release(s), and Federal Register Notice of the Agreement. You can find the information at www.epa.gov/superfund/mohawk.
Cleanup work at the site will include excavation of hazardous tannery waste, landfill material and asbestos containing material, disposal of waste in a newly constructed waste containment cell, and general property restoration. The containment cell will utilize the most advanced materials and technology, including an impermeable cap and vertical barrier designed to meet EPA requirements under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP), and the overall cleanup plan. The cleanup work is expected to take approximately 18 months. Work will include:
• construction of waste containment unit (WCU);
• excavation of contaminated waste and soils;
• consolidation of waste/soils into WCU;
• long-term operation and maintenance of WCU.